Tapeley has belonged to the same family since 1702, with the name changing from Clevland to Christie, the family from Glyndebourne in Sussex, when Agnes Clevland married William Christie. Tapeley is now run by farmer and passionate activist Hector, with his pro-local, anti-corporate stance. The Italian Terraces, created in the late 1800s are a sight of real beauty brimming with rare and exotic plants - a very fine example of classic Victorian garden design in a truly stunning location. The Lake, at the end of the ravine, is surrounded by huge Thuja-Plicata trees, the oldest specimens in the country. It is a magical and tranquil place to relax. The Permaculture Garden is now a most enlightening garden. Butterflies and other insects thrive in this sustainable garden.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Some walks unsuitable for wheelchairs
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 25 Mar-Oct, daily (ex Sat) 10-5. Oct times may vary depending on weather
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About The area
With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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